Inspired by another thread that I didn't want to hijack.... I've been working part-time for the past 5 years, so I've been doing all of the housecleaning on my own. Now that I'm considering going back to work full-time, DH has said that he'd want us to hire a cleaning person. Mostly because he doesn't want to pitch in the extra time himself to help out if I'm not doing it all anymore. For those of you who have someone come in to clean (and I was surprised by how many it was on the other thread), what do they do on a regular basis? What is considered the "basic" package? I know that some services advertise a "basic cleaning with one deep cleaning project" every two weeks. I'm just not sure what I consider to be basic to be the same as what they would. Laundry doesn't bother me, so I don't expect that to be done. But I would want the floors in all the rooms cleaned (carpeting vacuumed and bathrooms and kitchen mopped). I'd also want the tub scrubbed and the toilet cleaned, of course. To me, the kitchen and bathrooms are the big deal. Do they clean out the microwave? As long as the other rooms are dusted and vacuumed, I don't actually expect someone to put away any mess that we make. Do you request "deep cleaning projects?" What would that include? Moving the furniture for vacuuming? Would they do something like move the fridge and clean under/behind it? Actually clean out and wipe down the inside of the fridge? Those are things that I feel like I'd be able to do myself if I didn't have to spend all day Saturday doing the basics. But, hey, if they're included, why not? One last question... are you home with your cleaning people come? I don't want anyone to feel like I'm trying to look over their shoulder and supervise, but at the same time, I'm not really comfortable letting someone into our home when we're not there. Thanks!